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25th Jun '17 1:27:10 PM Lightblade
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While most common in war movies, it is also a trope tragically familiar to familes of firefighters and police officers as well. When the notice is (most commonly) delivered in person, it is closely related to DueToTheDead. Compare to [[HeDidntMakeIt He Didn't Make It]]. May feature a TragicKeepsake. If the notification is laced with white lies to spare the recipient pain or avoid tainting the deceased's memory, see ThePowerOfLegacy.

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While most common in war movies, it is also a trope tragically familiar to familes of firefighters and police officers as well. When the notice is (most commonly) delivered in person, it is closely related to DueToTheDead. It would be disrespectful for the deceased's loved ones to inform them of the death [[LearnedFromTheNews through the news media]] along with the general public, after all. Compare to [[HeDidntMakeIt He Didn't Make It]]. May feature a TragicKeepsake. If the notification is laced with white lies to spare the recipient pain or avoid tainting the deceased's memory, see ThePowerOfLegacy.
6th Jun '17 3:46:50 PM StarTropes
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** "Blood Brothers" starts with a mother being told that her daughter was killed in action--after she's already lost one son and has another who's dying of leukemia.
31st May '17 11:47:36 AM TMB
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** Preceded by a scene showing a typing pool of a few dozen women producing those notices by the thousands.
26th Mar '17 10:26:47 AM Antigone3
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* ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar By The Sword]]'': After one battle, there's a scene where Kerowyn is going down the list of dead Sunbolts and marking the (few) names she needs to "write the letter" for.
3rd Mar '17 2:48:07 PM JediGoalie30
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* In the [[Creator/MichaelConnelly Harry Bosch]] series, this is a frequent occurrence due to Harry's job as a homicide detective. Harry notes that, despite the hundreds of times that he has done it, it never gets easier and he's never sure that he's doing it right. He also remarks to a new partner that the difficulty of notifying the victim's family is also affected by the fact that they often need to be considered in the pool of suspects until proven otherwise.
24th Feb '17 12:17:43 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': We aren't shown the actual notifying but before the Survey Corps returns to the Walls, several families of (named) fallen soldiers are shown to be anticipating their return while [[DramaticIrony the audience knows what's to follow soon]]...

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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': We The readers aren't shown the actual notifying but before the Survey Corps returns to the Walls, several families of (named) fallen soldiers are shown to be anticipating their return while [[DramaticIrony the audience knows what's to follow soon]]...soon]]...
** At some point, [[spoiler: Hange]] is seen personally notifying [[spoiler: Ilse]]'s family of her death.
14th Feb '17 6:07:45 AM StarTropes
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** {{Discussed}} in the episode "Twenty Klicks" between Vance and Ducky when the chopper carrying Gibbs, [=McGee=], IT Kevin, and three RedShirts is shot down.
---> '''Vance:''' Family notifications are your wheelhouse, Doctor. Would you mind?\\
'''Ducky:''' My kingdom for a smaller wheelhouse.
13th Jan '17 9:47:13 AM JackG
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* Done for test pilots' families in ''Film/TheRightStuff''.

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* Done for At the start of ''Film/TheRightStuff'', the widow of a test pilots' families pilot is shown cowering in ''Film/TheRightStuff''.fear from the [[SinisterMinister saturnine black-clad priest]] sent to inform her of her husband's death.
4th Jan '17 3:20:30 AM StarTropes
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* Early in ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'', two Vulcans meet Spock at Starbase Yorktown to tell him that [[spoiler:Ambassador Spock]] has died.
25th Nov '16 5:07:20 AM StFan
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* A man gets a knock at the door, and it's a guy with a telegram. The man asks the delivery guy to sing it - he's never had a singing telegram before. The guy says he doesn't think he can. The man offers $100 to get the telegram in song. This convinces the guy. He clears his throat, reads the telegram and sings "''Your sister, Rose, is dead!''"

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* A man gets a knock at the door, and it's a guy with a telegram. The man asks the delivery guy to sing it - -- he's never had a singing telegram before. The guy says he doesn't think he can. The man offers $100 to get the telegram in song. This convinces the guy. He clears his throat, reads the telegram and sings "''Your sister, Rose, is dead!''"
dead!''"



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* Nobby Nobbs of the [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Ankh-Morpork City Watch]] is no longer allowed to deliver these after "that bet-you-a-dollar-you're-the-widow-Jackson nonsense." Carrot or Vimes usually handles it. (This is based on an urban legend that's probably as old as this trope.)
* Apparently [[Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse Starfleet]] has a Casualty Notification Office to inform family members when someone is killed in the line of duty. Captain Kirk, though, still feels it appropriate that he should also send a personal letter when one of his crew dies.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Nobby Nobbs of the [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Ankh-Morpork City Watch]] Watch is no longer allowed to deliver these after "that bet-you-a-dollar-you're-the-widow-Jackson nonsense." Carrot or Vimes usually handles it. (This is based on an urban legend that's probably as old as this trope.)
* Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse: Apparently [[Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse Starfleet]] Starfleet has a Casualty Notification Office to inform family members when someone is killed in the line of duty. Captain Kirk, though, still feels it appropriate that he should also send a personal letter when one of his crew dies.



* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' novel ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'', Ramsay Bolton sends the Night Watch a false message stating Stannis Baratheon is dead to demoralize Stannis's forces.
** But did Ramsay send it, or did someone else...

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' novel ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'', Ramsay Bolton sends the Night Watch a false message stating Stannis Baratheon is dead to demoralize Stannis's forces.
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forces. But did Ramsay send it, or did someone else...
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** After the death of [[spoiler: Nathan West's younger brother Neil]], Nathan is shocked to discover that the notification letter was sent to ''the wrong address''. He ends up writing a letter of his own home to inform [[spoiler: his mother]] himself. It is implied that rather than being hand-delivered, the notices are sent in the mail in "ugly yellow envelopes".

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** After the death of [[spoiler: Nathan [[spoiler:Nathan West's younger brother Neil]], Nathan is shocked to discover that the notification letter was sent to ''the wrong address''. He ends up writing a letter of his own home to inform [[spoiler: his mother]] himself. It is implied that rather than being hand-delivered, the notices are sent in the mail in "ugly yellow envelopes".



* Sarah Jane gets one of these visits from a UNIT colonel, accompanied by an entourage of armored trucks and gun-toting grunts (Seriously, did they think Sarah Jane was going to ''eat'' them or something?), in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode ''The Death of the Doctor''. [[GenreSavvy She doesn't believe it for a minute]].



* Sarah Jane Smith gets one of these visits from a UNIT colonel, accompanied by an entourage of armored trucks and gun-toting grunts (seriously, did they think Sarah Jane was going to ''eat'' them or something?), in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode "The Death of the Doctor". [[GenreSavvy She doesn't believe it for a minute]].






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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}'' Prodigal general Grune, arriving home from a years'-long search for an AncientArtifact, delivers word of his comrade Panthro's loss to mutual friend King Claudus, while handing over one of the former's [[TragicKeepsake nunchucks]]. The details are [[HalfTruth suspiciously]] vague, not to spare Claudus emotionally, but to hide Grune's betrayal and defection to BigBad Mumm-Ra until their invasion forces are marshalled.
* One shows up in an episode of ''{{Pingu}}'', of all places. We aren't told the details, obviously, but during ''Pingu Delivers the Mail'', Pingu and his father deliver a black-edged envelope to one of their customers - who starts ''crying''.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}'' ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' Prodigal general Grune, arriving home from a years'-long search for an AncientArtifact, delivers word of his comrade Panthro's loss to mutual friend King Claudus, while handing over one of the former's [[TragicKeepsake nunchucks]]. The details are [[HalfTruth suspiciously]] vague, not to spare Claudus emotionally, but to hide Grune's betrayal and defection to BigBad Mumm-Ra until their invasion forces are marshalled.
* One shows up in an episode of ''{{Pingu}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Pingu}}'', of all places. We aren't told the details, obviously, but during ''Pingu "Pingu Delivers the Mail'', Mail", Pingu and his father deliver a black-edged envelope to one of their customers - -- who starts ''crying''.
''crying''.
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